IN JUST three weeks, Sir Howard Davies and the Airports Commission will publish a shortlist of ideas to solve a problem critical to Britain’s future success – how to enhance our airport capacity.
HOW DO you regulate the future? We live in an age of miraculous, disruptive technologies, yet one of its great challenges is how to keep the lumbering process of regulation from putting the brakes on human inventiveness.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT that the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) is being redirected away from mortgages is one of the most significant economic policy developments of the year.
A new Germany
[Re: Germany’s new coalition will make little change to Merkel’s euro policies, yesterday]
FINANCIAL regulation becomes ever more onerous, as it chases its own tail.
MARK Carney and George Osborne, the two most powerful men in the British economy, swapped letters on Tuesday about the tools they needed to create a stable banking sector.
MONTHS after elections were held, Germany’s coalition talks have finally resulted in a deal – a grand coalition between Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU/CSU and the centre-left SPD.
[Re: Financial and economic flaws in the SNP’s plan make the case for Union, yesterday]
FOR MOST of the second half of the twentieth century, Japan was a model of economic success – and the envy of the West. Economic growth was around 9 to 10 per cent in the 1950s and 1960s, and 4 to 5 per cent in the 1970s and 1980s.
BRITAIN is becoming more sharply divided on ethnic lines, according to a worrying study just published by the think tank Demos.
THE SCOTTISH government independence White Paper, released yesterday, fell flat. If length were the measure of success, it would be a winner.
THE HISTORIC interim agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and (primarily) the West over the former’s nuclear ambitions is the real deal – an actual current event that lives up to the “historic” tagline far too easily given out by breathl
THE DRILL is well-established. Well-meaning campaigners highlight a perceived injustice, and declare that “something must be done”. The company, industry, or the market is blamed and labelled fundamentally exploitative.
RBS IS again under fire – this time over a series of reports into its behaviour towards small business lending.
[Re: Why low cost carriers and hub buster planes make Gatwick the UK’s future, yesterday]
NEXT month, we effectively reach the halfway point in the debate about what extra aviation capacity the UK needs, and where it should happen.
IN RECENT years, London’s business community has been forced to face up to a number of challenges to the status quo. The changes the industry has gone through since have been substantial and not always pleasant.
AS THE UK economy recovers, some have begun to fear an emerging unsecured credit boom. Total unsecured borrowing has indeed risen by 4 per cent in 2013 to £216bn, the first increase since the financial crisis. But this is not the full story.
THERE is some controversy over whether David Cameron actually told his team they need to “get rid of all the green c**p”.
MY SMARTPHONE has a feature I can’t ever imagine using – it promises to insert my live picture into any snapshot I take by turning on both front and rearfacing cameras at once. But I’m clearly behind the times.
IN AN open letter to passengers, the mayor and Transport for London have committed themselves to a 24 hour Tube. It’s an exciting announcement, and will undoubtedly deliver a boost to London’s £8bn a year dining and entertainment industry.
[Re: Government helped get my business going – now it’s boosting startups again, Wednesday]
THESE are not great times to graduate from university.
THE WORLD Chess Championship is underway, and the current champion – the Indian Viswanathan Anand – is trailing his young rival Magnus Carlsen by three to five.
THE FRUITS of Britain’s banking industry stretch well beyond the Square Mile and Canary Wharf. This morning, for example, I will be speaking to members of Manchester’s business community.
[Re: Spanish ambassador called over Gibraltar, yesterday]
RELIEF over recent economic data is over-done. Even if we are seeing pockets of growth in specific regions and sectors of the UK, it is far from clear that the structural imbalances in Britain’s economy have been addressed.
TWENTY odd years ago, I stepped into a print shop on Albert Square in Manchester. It was an industrious place – full of whirring machines and the smell of printing ink.
THE PUBLIC has lost faith in key parts of the business sector. It has endured the mis-selling of payment protection insurance, the rigging of Libor, insider trading, and an ongoing probe into the forex markets. Something has gone badly wrong.
[Re: Calls grow for tax cut policies, Monday]
I AM just back from my latest trip to the sub-continent, having spent a week talking to the Indian political elite about their coming election for the Lok Sabha, India’s parliament, which is likely to be held in May 2014.
AS I watched Sky News over breakfast yesterday, the discussion turned to a new venture from Prince Charles, dubbed a charity to help charities.
DEEP underneath the docks at Canary Wharf, the largest construction project in Europe is underway – the new Crossrail line. With a spectacular station, when this new railway opens in 2019, it will whisk passengers to Heathrow in just 39 minutes.
[Re: Entrepreneurs now have their own pressure group – at last, yesterday]
THE UK economy is now accelerating strongly and, if the traditional correlations with business surveys continue to hold, growth could be 3 per cent or more next year.
IN TWO weeks’ time, the chancellor will deliver his Autumn Statement, following the first few months of consistently good economic news for several years.
AFTER the worst recession in living memory, the UK’s recovery feels decidedly sluggish. While the US and German economies are larger than ever, the UK is still well below its pre-recession peak.